Gollum Goes to Wellington Airport, in a Big Way
New Zealand has been gearing up for a big Hobbit adventure for some time, from the national airline donning Hobbit costumes for a fun take on a safety video to tours specially designed for fans of elves and wizards. Now, the movie fun starts when people land in NZ to visit Middle Earth.
Ahead of the November 28th NZ release of the first film from the new Tolkien trilogy, Wellington Airport is getting in the mood and tarting up their terminal in a big way. Imagine enjoying a meat pie in the food court or saying final good-byes and, hanging over your head with a giant's proportions, is a massive sculpture of Gollum, the scrawny, pale creature from the films. The installation features the character grabbing to eat the sweet, juicy fish (also sculptures) as his mouth bubbles in creepy excitement.
The work was installed by Weta Workshop, the visual effects masterminds behind The Lord of the The Rings trilogy. Gollum's grimace took three full nights to install. Have a watch of the time lapse video here. As real as it looks and how creepy we think the character is, we have to keep reminding ourselves it's not real.
[Photo: The Hobbit Facebook]